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Parents' Guide to

The Tempest

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Flashy, uneven Shakespeare movie has some scary stuff.

Movie PG-13 2010 110 minutes
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In 1999, director Julie Taymor delivered a dynamic, exciting version of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (simply called Titus), but here she seems a bit less focused. Her idea to change Prospero into a woman is a good one, but it doesn't really add up to much. Other ideas are likewise underused, such as matching the playful comedy of Russell Brand to the role of Trinculo.

The production features a visual effects-enhanced Ariel (played by Ben Whishaw) that dashes to and fro and changes into a scary, dark, avenging angel. Other effects -- and the bizarre costumes (made with an endless array of zippers) -- feel flat and aren't particularly fitted to the material. Carney in particular gives a pathetic, marble-mouthed performance as the prince, but many of the other actors are terrific, including Mirren, Hounsou, and Alan Cumming as the sniggering, selfish Sebastian. Overall, even if it doesn't completely mesh, there's still much to like in this TEMPEST.

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